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08-07-2003, 11:48 PM
Does anyone have any insight into installing Win2000 Pro after WinXP Pro is already installed? Win2000 will be installed on a seperate drive and both drives are NTFS. I can find info on how to do it if the drives are Fat32 but is the procedure any different if the drives are NTFS?

Thanks, Jeff.

09-07-2003, 12:30 AM
Nope, go right ahead!

Partitioning is same for both NTFS and FAT32 :-)

You should be fine, although, keep your WInXP CD handy, as you'll likely have to do a repair on XP, so make sure you have a good 2 hours before you begin so that you can install Win2K, and then repair WinXP :-)

its not a major problem, Ive done what you're about to do 4 times now, and each time I simply had to pop in the WinXP CD and it was fine after a repair.

To run the repair, boot from the CD as you would to begin install, but press 'r' to repair the installation :-)

Hope this helps



10-07-2003, 06:47 PM
Hmm, nope, won't work on a NTFS drive, when I boot the machine, both partitions, which are NTFS aren't seen by the Win2000 install prog and it errors with " There is no valid drive for a swap file, install halted"

11-07-2003, 11:59 AM
There is something unusual about your system. This is usually a fairly trivial task. I would not expect windows 2000 to ever say anything about a swap file, such things are not used by 2000. Are you booting from a standard windows 2000 CD?

Once you get the install to go ensure that you back up NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM to a floppy before installing Windows 2000. These will need to be replaced after installing Windows 2000, so as to allow XP to boot.

11-07-2003, 03:13 PM
Is that all that it needs?? Those two files??

I'll keep that in mind.. save me 45 odd minutes next time I try it ;-)


13-07-2003, 01:26 AM
Thanks all, got it sorted, no I wasn't booting from a standard Win2000 CD which was the problem, created the 4 Win2K setup floppies and away it went, good as.

Cheers, Jeff.